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Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon
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11/29/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
Maxim : NiMH charger IC features alkaline-cell detection
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the DS2710, a stand-alone, NiMH charger IC that incorporate fast-charge control and alkaline-cell detection.
Commentary: ST's profit warning comes as no surprise
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Geneva-based chip vendor STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008. No doubt it does not come as a complete surprise. It is part of the current climate.
ST, INRIA team on embedded systems
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV and INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control, have signed a partnership agreement for next-generation embedded systems.
RF Micro : 3G front ends target next-generation handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has broadened its portfolio of 3G front ends for the open market with the release of two WCDMA/HSDPA power amplifiers (PAs) – the RF3267 and the RF6266.
CamSemi : PSS flyback controllers offer 5 percent I and V regulation
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced a breakthrough in the Primary Side Sensing (PSS) market, following on from the success of its C2470 series of Resonant Discontinuous Forward Converter controllers that were launched in late 2007.
Nujira touts PA efficiency advance in handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is claiming PAs in handsets that use its High Accuracy Tracking technology are twice as efficient during HSUPA transmissions, and 1.5 times as efficient during W-CDMA transmissions, than the same PA with a standard constant voltage (CV) supply as widely deployed in the industry today.
ST cuts Q4 revenue growth forecasts
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008 and now expects revenues to be between $2.2 billion and $2.35 billion.
Global chip sales seen tumbling in October
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $22.8 billion for October, down 1 percent on the $23 billion achieved in September, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie ASA in Oslo, Norway.
AMD spin-off Foundry Co. sees no long-term downturn
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
AMD's manufacturing arm which is heading for a spin-off to form a foundry services provider, regards the current downturn as a good anti-cyclical investment opportunity. Nevertheless, the company is aware of the challenges they are approaching, said two top managers of the company.
Toshiba may delay fabs, according to report
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba may delay the construction of two flash memory fabs in Japan on account of conditions in the chip market, according to a report by the Kyodo news service.
LCOS driver chip for mobile projectors
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The new Aurora ASI9100 driver chip has been designed specifically for optical engines embedded in internet enabled mobile products.
Elpida claims low power lead with 50nm SDRAM
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Elpida Memory, Inc. has completed development of a 50nm DDR3 SDRAM, claiming the chip hits a new low in power consumption for DRAMs.
3-D memristor chip debuts
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
Solar panel sales to contract in 2009, says forecast
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The economic crisis will impact significantly solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations, according to market research group The Information Network (New Tripoli, PA.)
Price erosion round the corner for PNDs
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Fierce competition and commoditization of entry-level personal navigation devices (PND) is likely to bite into the large profits made by makers of the devices over the past few years when sales grew at exponential levels, according to market research group Berg Insights (Gothenburg, Sweden).
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
EC approves proposed JV between ST, Ericsson
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The European Commission announced Wednesday (Nov. 26) it has authorized, under the European Union merger regulation, the creation of a joint venture between EMP, the wireless platform business of Ericsson, and ST-NXP, the wireless semiconductors business of STMicroelectronics.
Programmable analog sensor signal conditioning
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has added to its range of digitally calibrated sensor signal conditioning ICs with a single-supply, auto-zero bridge sensor amplifier.
Spansion warns on Q4 revenue
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
NOR flash memory specialist Spansion became the latest semiconductor supplier to issue a warning about revenue in the current quarter, saying it expects fourth quarter net sales to be down about 20 percent sequentially.
InterDigital, Samsung settle patent disputes
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung and InterDigital Inc. have settled their patent disputes, with the South Korean handset maker agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.
Industrial-, automotive-grade Atom processor coming, says report
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The world's largest chip maker Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) is developing a variant of its Atom processor for use in harsh environments such as automotive applications, according to a Nikkei Electronics article. The industrial or automotive Atom, currently named Embedded Menlow XL, is due to ship to customers in 2009, the report said.
MCUs: Renesas SH74504/SH74513 MCUs speed response of driver-assist safety systems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Operating at 240MHz, the 32-bit devices rapidly process large volumes of sensor data for implementing "preventative safety" features.
DiBcom enables free-to-air digital TV on LG phones
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
As part of an ongoing collaboration with LG, mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom SA (Palaiseau, France) announced it has integrated its latest generation of mobile TV receiver so as to enable free-to-air digital TV broadcasts on LG's multimedia handset.
CiA integrates safe communications into microcontroller
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The CAN in Automation (CiA) industry group integrates the CANopen safety protocol into the firmware of a Renesas 16-bit microcontroller and provides it to customers. The device, dubbed CSC02, will be available in lieu of the discontinued CSC01.
Losses widen at CML Microsystems
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip design group CML Microsystems plc (Maldon, England) held sales steady for the half year ended September 30 at £8.2 million, compared with £8.5 million for the corresponding period last year, and warned that tough conditions had forced it to start reducing operating costs.
Switching DC/DC uModules strive to yield LDO-class low noise
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
No need to go LDO to get low noise and EMI, with the LTM4606 and LTM4612 switching-regulator modules from Linear Technology Corp.
Samsung shows 8 Gbit DRAM at ISSCC
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung will describe 4 and 8 Gbit DRAM chips, and a team from Toshiba and SanDisk will detail a 64 Gbit NAND flash chip packing four bits per cell at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision
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11/25/2008   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
ADI's profit jumps; plans to cut costs 10%
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported a net income of $143.9 million for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Nov. 1, an increase of 4 percent over the prior quarter and an increase of 47 percent over the same period of 2007.
PCI Express gears for backplane role
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Analyst cuts estimates for 10 chip stocks
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
FBR Capital Markets cut revenue estimates and price targets on 10 semiconductor stocks, saying in a report, "Global semiconductor demand trends are deteriorating faster than we can cut estimates."
Ex-head of TI wireless chip unit joins French startup
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Gilles Delfassy, ex-senior vice president and head of Texas Instruments Inc.'s wireless terminals unit, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors of Open-Plug, a French startup that creates and commercializes ELIPS, an open application development environment designed for mass-market mobile phones.
Intel, Micron in 34-nm NAND flash push
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corporation and Micron Technologies Inc. have started volume production of their jointly developed 34-nm, 32 gigabit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory devices.
High-speed multi-channel ADCs reduce system board space
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
ADI's AD9239 and AD9639 quad 12-bit analog-to-digital converters use 50 percent less PCB area, yielding space savings for high-bandwidth data acquisition applications.
SMT VCOs deliver up to +9 dBm output power over 20.9 to 26.8 GHz
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11/23/2008   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced the HMC738LP4(E) and HMC739LP4(E) SMT MMIC VCOs, which provide low phase noise and high output power for point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, VSAT, military and test equipment applications in the frequency range, 20.9 to 26.8 GHz.
Mixed-signal, 16-bit microcontroller extends battery life in power-sensitive applications
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAXQ2010, a 16-bit mixed-signal microcontroller with a power-saving stop mode that reduces power consumption to 370nA typical and 6.5 uA maximum at +85 degrees C, thus extending the life of battery-powered devices.
VLSI Research cuts chip, capital equipment forecasts
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales will decline 1.7 percent this year and another 6.9 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by VLSI Research.
8-bit MCU market still alive, says ST executive
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
At a roundtable during the ARM European Technical Conference this week in Paris, Daniel Colonna, marketing director at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), said the 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) market is not dead and remains interesting to serve.
Featured Product: TI Class-D amps cut car audio costs
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Increased integration and channel flexibility offered.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
ADI shrinks high-frequency DC-to-DC regulator
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
ADI's 6-MHz ADP2121 buck regulator is an ultra-small, cost-effective product for space-constrained portable devices.
Multi-sensor camera with up to four image sensors
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
At the Vision 2008 trade fair, VRmagic presented a FPGA camera with up to four pixel-synchronous sensors.
ST joins MIT industry consortium
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Qimonda reportedly seeks ITC probe of Seagate, LSI
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
German memory supplier Qimonda AG has asked the U.S. International Trade Commisision to investigate accusations of patent infringement by LSI and Seagate Technology, according to a Reuters report.
iSuppli cuts PC growth forecast
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Market watcher iSuppli Corp. has slashed its 2009 forecast for growth in PC unit shipments by nearly two thirds in another sign of the expected impact of the economic downturn.
Maxim hot-plug switch targets enterprise drives and servers
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
The DS4560 powers a load from a 9V to 13.2V sources and delivers as much as 4A of continuous current.
Analysis: Lessons from an ultrawideband survivor
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
The merger of ultrawideband chip startups Staccato and Artimi shows a way forward for others in what one executive recently called a venture capital winter by combining companies and their investors to shelter investments and give new technologies time to gain traction.
Report: Ethernet won't dominate at 100G
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11/20/2008   1 comment
Ethernet will not dominate multi-gigabit networks to the extent it has dominated sub-gigabit networks, according to an upcoming report on 40 and 100 Gbit networks from Freesky Research.
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